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'Keep left' plea after
Lake Moeraki fatality
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013
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Sta at the Blackball
Workingmen's Club are conducting
a stocktake to see whether burglars
managed to sneak anything from
the cellar on Saturday night. Police
said the intruders rst attempted
to cut a padlock to get access
to the cellar and when that was
unsuccessful, gained entry by
crawling under the oorboards.
Items had been moved around
but sta were unsure yesterday if
anything had been taken.
after gold theft
e owners of a West Coast gold
claim have o ered $10,000 to the
rst person to correctly identify
two thieves who were captured
on camera helping themselves to
gold from a mine at Iron Bridge,
Inangahua. ey have also o ered
to "negotiate" with the thieves
--- lmed in the early hours of
November 14 --- if they come
forward before they are identi ed by
Greymouth police are tracking
down two drivers who were "dobbed
in" by other motorists yesterday. A
speeding silver Toyota stationwagon
was observed overtaking another
vehicle on a 30kph work site at
Dobson at 3.50pm, and a grey
Toyota utility was weaving all over
the road near Kumara at 10pm.
Police have the registration numbers
of both vehicles and planned to
speak to the owners today.
Humid, odd shower, heavy rain night
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
a stroll down
might be forced
to do a double
take when they
see this unusual
its front doors
high up in the
air and its roof
running along the pavement, this
building has seemingly been ipped
upside down. Artist Alex Chinneck
built the new facade on to the
existing building to create the new
piece of art for the annual Merge
Festival in London. Built in 1780,
the building was originally used as
livery stables, housing horses and
carriages for hire. --- Daily Mail
A Pike River coalminer who says he
turned to drugs after 29 of his mates were
killed in the 2010 mining tragedy was
yesterday jailed for four-and-a-half years
for drug dealing.
Joshua Murray Jackson, 26, of
Greymouth, had already lost his
grandfather, who had been a father gure
to him, before the mine explosion, his
lawyer Kerry Cook told the Christchurch
He was o work and had struggled to
come to terms with the loss of his friends,
the court was told.
He became heavily addicted to class A,
B, and C drugs --- the "whole cocktail",
Judge Philip Moran said.
"You worked in that mine, and the 29
men killed were friends of yours," the
"You couldn't get your head around the
fact that you weren't at the coalface that
day, and why should you survive when
they all died. You took refuge in drug use
and that is what leads you here today."
However, the judge's comments are in
contrast to Jackson's employment record
and advice to his lawyer when he was
previously sentenced to eight months' jail
on other P charges, in September 2011.
Jackson, who worked for McConnell
Dowell at Pike River for several months,
could not have been "at the coal face" at
the time of the fatal explosion because he
had left Pike River weeks before it.
Neither did he then blame the explosion
for his drug dependence.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said at the
2011 sentencing: "He ( Jackson) worked
at Pike River but does not use his
association with the miners who died as
an excuse for his problems, that is to his
Jackson was sentenced yesterday on
charges of supplying, or o ering to
supply, class A LSD and class B ecstasy.
Between September 18 last year and
January 24, text messages showed he had
supplied or o ered to supply LSD on at
least 17 occasions.
Other texts showed him dealing ecstasy,
or MDMA, on a further 20 occasions, as
well as selling cannabis on "a couple of
When police raided his home on
January 24, they found a pipe for smoking
ecstasy, a pill press capable of making one
pill at a time, a sawn-o .22 ri e, and four
sticks of Powergel explosives.
Defence counsel Mr Cook said Jackson
was now "motivated to change" and since
being in custody had been a "model
Judge Moran accepted that Jackson
had made "sterling e orts" to beat his
addiction since he had been in custody.
He acknowledged several family
members in court yesterday, telling them:
" anks for coming. is is a sad day but
it is an important one."
e court had received "loving letters of
support", which Jackson should be proud
of, Judge Moran said.
"It tells me that you're better than this
--- you're not a drug dealer."
But he could not avoid the fact that his
drug dealing had landed him a four-and-
a-half year jail term.
"You have to pay the price that comes
with drug dealing."
Jackson's family called out that they
loved him as he was led into the cells.
Jackson's partner and co-o ender on
some charges, Bridget Elizabeth Smith,
27, of Greymouth, has also pleaded guilty
and will be sentenced in the Christchurch
court on January 29. --- APNZ
PICTURE: Brad Wood
Angels, Clara Cook, left, and Lucy Boere lead Mary, played by Kyla Wood, as part of the Crossroads Dance Group's nativity dance during the
Combined Churches Community Carols at the Regent eatre last night. e auditorium was packed with at least 600 people for the event.
̌ Photo feature, p6.
Historic Blackball Mine
Supporters of the Haast-Hollyford
road proposal spilled out of the hall
at a public meeting in Hokitika last
Bruce Smith, who is involved with
the proposed road, stopped counting
at 121 before everyone had arrived
at the Wests Clubrooms, while a
colleague counting later in the night
claimed about 170.
When a vote was taken in support of
the road link, only four were against.
Former Westland mayor Durham
Havill, who is forming a private
company to develop the $220 million
road, fronted the meeting.
"It was very, very positive," Mr
Havill said today. " ey were even
standing outside the door. ere were
only four against --- they all had their
views, that's what's great about this
A further meeting will be held in
Greymouth on Tuesday, at the Regent
eatre. At the same meeting the
West Coast Regional Council will
discuss its regional policy review.
Mr Havill said the funding for the
road was in place, and the project
now awaited Government support.
He was hoping to get an audience
with the Prime Minister and other
"We don't need money --- we just
need them to be supportive."
e Hokitika meeting was the
second public meeting held so far;
250 turned out in Te Anau.
Hokitika gets behind road link
A historic chimney which has stood in
Blackball for over a century has collapsed.
e Department of Conservation believes the
old Blackball Mine chimney, visible from the
Roa Road, came down about three weeks ago.
DOC ranger and heritage expert Jim Staton
said he was saddened by its demise.
"It was iconic and restorable but lost forever
now, either due to vandalism or natural causes,"
Mr Staton said.
A recent heritage report said the site of the
chimneys --- on a sharp, steep ridge --- was
" ere is only one other comparable tall brick
chimney that is visible from a road in the region
--- the Tyneside chimney located at the Brunner
Mine site on the south-east side of the Grey
Blackball resident Paul Maunder checked the
site earlier this week. When he tried to climb
up to where the chimney once stood he gave up
because it was too steep.
For that reason, he thinks vandalism was
unlikely, but pointed out the proximity of a
"We feel it down here (the blasting). It must be
pretty signi cant up there," Mr Maunder said.
He asked what DOC was doing to secure the
e chimneys serviced the mine boiler. ey
do not show up in 1902 photographs, but were
there by 1908.
At the time Mr Staton wrote a heritage
assessment of the Blackball site, the small
chimney was in poor condition but the tall one
was in sound condition at the base. He suggested
that the taller chimney may not survive a strong
e Blackball coalmine closed in the early
1960s, after peaking a decade earlier when 188
men and three boys were recorded working
PICTURE: Department of Conservation
Until three weeks ago, there were two chimneys.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Only one chimney is left on the hill now.
600 sing for Christmas
̌ District Court
West Coast books topsellers
Two West Coast books are top of the
charts. e latest Nielson list, based on
sales gures from participating book
stores, has the Booker-award winning
e Luminaries top of the adult ction
list, while Rebecca Mac e's book Tragedy
at Pike River Mine tops the adult non-
ction sales. Paper Plus Greymouth
owner Doug Truman said he had sold
"into the hundreds" of each book, and
had just taken stock of more copies of e
Luminaries, set in 1865 Hokitika.
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